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Wanted by Macon Regional Crimestoppers

Macon Regional Crimestoppers says these people are wanted on warrants in Middle Georgia. If you have any information, call Crimestoppers at 478-742-2330 or 1-877-68CRIME.

1. Jaray Cosanto Williams:
B/M DOB 08-27-76 Age 36 511 192 lbs.
Wanted by the Houston County Sheriff's Office for Violation of Probation.

2. Kimberly Willis:
W/F DOB 08-06-61 Age 51 504 110 lbs.
Wanted by the Bibb County Sheriff's Office for Violation of Probation.

3. Hdywandus Harden:
B/M DOB 03-11-82 Age 31 508 150 lbs.
Wanted by the Bibb County Sheriff's Office for Violation of Ga. Sex Offender Registry.

4. Amanda Lynn Collins
W/F DOB 02-02-88 Age 25 503 115 lbs.
Wanted by the Houston County Sheriff's Office for Violation of Probation.

5. David Glenn Robinson:
W/M DOB 09-18-74 Age 38 511 160 lbs.
Wanted by the Jones County Sheriff's Office for Violation of Probation.

New Digital GED Test Ends 70 Years as Printed Exam

Students preparing for the GED will have to put away their pencils and paper because the test is going digital. 

But those aren't the only key changes. 

That's not the only change. By January of next year, there will be a new test.

"It's going to be more correlated to high school diploma and workforce skills," says Brenda Brown, the Vice President of Adult Education at Central Georgia Technical College.

That means more analysis and writing. 

Jacole Robertson took her GED test on the computer.

That's because paper tests are being phased out, ending more than a 70-year tradition as a printed exam.

Counties have until December 31 to make the switch. 

The digital test will have four subjects, one fewer than the paper version, but the price tag remains the same at $160.

House Fire Kills Elderly Putnam Co. Woman

State fire investigators say smoking was the cause of a Sunday morning fire that killed an elderly woman in Putnam County.

According to a news release from the Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner's office, Kathryn Perry, 85, died at the home on Old Copelan Road in Eatonton around 2 a.m.

Investigators say the fire started when Perry failed to dispose of her "smoking material" properly. 

So far, there have been 70 fire deaths in Georgia in 2013.

Flash Flood Watch for Many Central Ga. Counties

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect until Friday morning.

Counties in the watch include Baldwin, Hancock, Johnson, Laurens, Telfair, Treutlen, Washington, Wheeler, and Wilkinson.

Rainfall of 2 to 3 inches appears likely with higher amounts possible.

A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding.

Jobless Claims Rise in May

Jobless Claims Rise in May

Hancock County's unemployment rate was 14.2 percent in May, compared to the state's unemployment rate of 8.5 percent.

Putnam County's was 10.1 percent.

According to a release from the Georgia Department of Labor, Macon's unemployment rate rose from 8.1 percent in April to nine percent in May.

That's still lower than May 2012's rate of 9.4 percent.

Area businesses laid off 1,404 people in May, compared to the 1,048 laid off in April.

Warner Robins' unemployment rate increased from April's 6.7 percent to 7.5 percent.

The rate increased mostly due to a rise in layoffs as well as new graduates joining the quest for work, according the news release.

 

State AG: DOMA Ruling Doesn't Affect Georgia Law

The Supreme Court handed down two significant decisions pertaining to same-sex marriage Wednesday morning. Neither will affect Georgia law, according to a statement by the state attorney general.

First, the court declared unconstitutional the definition of marriage in the Defense of Marriage Act because unions recognized as legal by a state must be protected by federal law.

In reference to the DOMA ruling, Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens wrote, "The definition of marriage adopted by Georgia's voters is unaffected by today's decision."

The second decision by the Supreme Court cleared the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California by refusing to rule on Proposition 8.

That is not believed to affect any other states than California.

Olens' full statement:

'Under the Dome' Captures Audiences, Reviewers

The highly anticipated CBS series finally unveiled itself Monday night, and it captured audiences as easily as its characters. The show pulled in viewers with intrigue about the dome and how its characters will act now that they are cut-off from the rest of the world.

Matt Fowler of IGN gave the pilot an 8.3, praising its slow movement to build interest in what's going on and why it's happening. He worried that the show may have introduced too many characters too quickly.